Welcome to the Season 17 of the USMLB.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

#13 Stuck in Neutral

Chicago Blackhawks

Last season was only the second losing season for the Blackhawks during their history. They finished in third place for the third straight year as well. This is the complete opposite of the team during their first three years when they won the National League North division twice. In my opinion, the Blackhawks are in a really tough position as the team is good enough to win between 80 and 90 wins. In the National League North and the National League, in general, fewer than 90 wins won’t get you a spot in the playoffs.

The total percentage of wins for the Blackhawks is .514 (583 victories and 551 losses). The most wins in a single season were 94 during season three. The most losses in a season were 90 during season two.

Mrtheedge is entering his fourth season as the general manger of the franchise compiling a 250-236 record for a .514 winning percentage with two stints as the teams manager but has a overall record of 290-358 for a .448 winning percentage. He was the manager of the Washington D.C. Obama's during season five before returning to the Blackhawks organization. Mrtheedge has had an interesting journey in the USMLB so far. He is one of the original managers in the league, but he left after the first season saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Four seasons later he showed up again as a mid-season replacement for one of the worst teams in the league history during season five. The lights and atmosphere of Chicago proved too much for him, and he returned to his original team.

Future Outlook: The Same

Playoff Appearance: Two
Division Championship: Two
World Series Victory: None
All-Stars: 8
Awards: 1 MVP/ 1 Rookie of the Year/ 1 Silver Slugger/ 2 Gold Gloves

All Chicago Blackhawks Team

Catcher: Ricky Gibbons (.291Ave, 88HR, 301RBI, 255R, .515SLG)
First Base: Nicky Duran (.298Ave, 65HR, 229RBI, 215R, .549SLG)
Second Base: Jaime Basile (.277Ave, 83HR, 409RBI, 730R, 322SB)
Third Base: Nick Ball (.303Ave, 248HR, 815RBI, 651R, .565SLG)
Shortstop: Tommie Romero (.292Ave, 35HR, 300RBI, 346R, .378OBP)
Left Field: Esteban Juarez (.282Ave, 63HR, 183RBI, 251R, .517SLG)
Center Field: Brian Creek (.269Ave, 108HR, 420RBI, 412R, .470SLG)
Right Field: A.J. Balfour (.283Ave, 63HR, 275RBI, 281R, .343OBP)
Starting Pitcher: Brendan Cora (3.68ERA, 83-57 Record, 1193.8IP, 853SO, 1.28WHIP)
Reliever: Norman Jordan (3.63ERA, 131-148 Save Chances, 234G, 194SO, 1.26WHIP)

Career Records

At Bats: Jaime Basile - 3960
Games Played: Nick Ball - 962
Runs: Jaime Basile - 730
Hits: Nick Ball - 1166
Doubles: Nick Ball - 230
Triples: Jaime Basile - 29
Homeruns: Nick Ball - 248
Runs Batted In: Nick Ball - 815
Walks: Jaime Basile - 424
Stolen Bases: Jaime Basile - 322
Batting Average: Nick Ball - .303
On-Base Percentage: Tommie Romero - .378
Slugging Percentage: Nick Ball - .565

Games: Jim Little - 200
Games Started: Norman Jordan - 234
Complete Games: Brendan Cora - 6
Shutouts: Brendan Cora - 5
Wins: Brendan Cora – 83
Losses: Jim Little - 69
Saves: Norman Jordan - 131
Innings Pitched: Jim Little – 1196.8
Strikeouts: Norman Jordan - 932
WHIP: Brendan Cora – 1.28
Earned Run Average: Brendan Cora – 3.68

Single Season Records

At Bats: Jaime Basile - 695 (season 5)
Runs: Esteban Juarez - 131 (season 1)
Hits: Nick Ball - 218 (season 1)
Doubles: Nick Ball - 47 (season 1)
Triples: Jaime Basile - 8 (season 3)
Homeruns: Nick Ball - 49 (season 1)
Runs Batted In: Nick Ball - 151 (season 6)
Walks: Mikey Frey - 112 (season 7)
Stolen Bases: Jaime Basile - 69 (season 3)
Batting Average: Nick Ball - .342 (season 1)
On-Base Percentage: Tommie Romero - .412 (season 3)
Slugging Percentage: Nick Ball - .655 (season 1)

Games: Lenny Walker - 107 (season 7)
Games Started: Brendan Cora - 35 (season 4)
Complete Games: Brendan Cora - 2 (season 5)/ Jim Little - 2 (season 6)
Shutouts: Brendan Cora - 2 (season 5)
Wins: Brendan Cora - 17 (season 2)
Losses: Brendan Cora - 15 (season 5)
Saves: Norman Jordan - 42 (season 6)
Innings Pitched: Brendan Cora - 214.1 (season 4)
Strikeouts: Jim Little - 167 (season 7)
WHIP: Brendan Cora - 1.14 (season 2)Earned Run Average: Brendan Cora - 2.99 (season 2)